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Activists await outcome of housing meeting

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille will meet with religious leaders over housing on Thursday.

Housing protesters make their way in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some Cape Town activists on Wednesday said they will await the outcome of a meeting between religious leaders and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

They will then decide whether or not to stage another housing and sanitation protest.

The meeting, which will include Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, was delayed due to former president Nelson Mandela's death in December.

The gathering will now take place on Thursday afternoon.

Activists threatened to mobilise thousands of people from surrounding townships in a bid to shut down operations in the Cape Town CBD.

Protest leader Siyabulela Mafu says he is not very optimistic about the meeting between Zille and religious leaders.

"I don't think that lady is going to change her mind, you know?"

The religious leaders stepped in as mediators as tensions reached fever pitch.

A march that was meant to take place at the end of November was derailed by a last minute court order obtained by the City of Cape Town.

In October, thousands of people from various areas, including Khayelitsha, Phillipi and Nyanga, converged on the CBD where they marched to the Western Cape Legislature demanding houses.

The demonstration turned violent when some people started looting stalls and damaging property.